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Waterloo Bay Estate, Wynnum, 1886 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1886 advertises 245 allotments of land for sale at the Waterloo Bay Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Wynnum. The allotments were situated along Waterloo Esplanade, Bride Street, Bay... Read more

Claudius Buchanan Whish Diaries 1855-1906

The State Library of Queensland wish to thank all volunteers that have been involved in the transcription of the Claudius Buchanan Whish diaries. This project commenced in 2009 and through the diligent work of our dedicated volunteers, we have forty-six diaries in digital format. Claudius Buchanan Whish (1827-1890), sugar-planter and civil servant, was born on... Read more

Starstruck Queenslanders harrass the Oliviers (1948)

On June 20, 1948, film stars Sir Laurence Olivier and his wife Vivien Leigh flew in to Archerfield aerodrome in Brisbane’s south. The famous couple were touring Australia as lead players with England’s The Old Vic theatre company. After the strain of rehearsals and performances down south, the Oliviers decided to take a short break... Read more

Beauty and the Beast, Marburg style

In early April 1913, the citizens of Marburg, 60km west of Brisbane, were eagerly anticipating the upcoming amateur performance of operetta Beauty and the Beast, with a cast of locals (pictured). Staged to raise funds for the All Saints Anglican Church, the event was arranged by the Reverend T. Hely-Wilson, who oversaw the entire production... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Burns Philp & Co.

Burns, Philp and Co. was formerly one of the largest business operations in the Torres Strait, with its history dating well back into the nineteenth century.  By 1900, the company was carrying on the most extensive shipping and commercial business on Thursday Island and its wide trading interests required that it stocked an extensive range... Read more

Christie’s: the Cloudland of Queen Street

Guest blogger: Toni Risson, 2016 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow From the 1930s to the 1950s Greek cafés did their best to fulfill the dream of elegance and glamour that drifted down from the silver screen. Among these, Christie’s became a mythic place that Brisbane residents speak of with a reverence normally reserved for... Read more

Life in front of the camera: the Bennett Family Films

Sir Arnold Lucas Bennett was born in Toowoomba in 1908 and educated at Toowoomba and Brisbane Grammar schools. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1931, completed his Barrister’s Board examinations in 1932 and soon after was admitted to the bar and commenced practice. Sir Arnold went on to have a distinguished career as... Read more

A Very McWhirters Christmas (1951)

On November 23, 1951, Santa officially arrived at Brisbane’s McWhirters department store to mark the opening of the Christmas retail season. McWhirters had proclaimed itself “the home of Santa Claus” with the man in red occupying the third floor along with his pixies Smiley, Nosey, Grampy and Tubby. Other attractions for children included a merry-go-round... Read more

Nashville Estate, Sandgate, 1882 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1882 advertises over 350 allotments of land for sale at the Nashville Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Sandgate. The allotments were situated along Nash Street, Wolsley... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – RMS Quetta – What happened after the sinking?

The sinking of the SS Quetta on the night of February 28, 1890 remains one of Queensland’s most tragic events, but what happened in the period after the sinking and loss of life?  Public feeling over the loss of the ship was very strong with various rumours and stories circulating throughout Queensland and beyond.  Some... Read more

Separation Day: the “true birth of Queensland”

10 December 2016 is the 157th anniversary of Sir George Ferguson Bowen, first Governor of Queensland, proclaiming the State of Queensland. Governor Bowen arrived in Brisbane, with his wife Lady Diamantina Bowen, on 9 December 1859.  He disembarked at the (City) Botanic Gardens and with his party travelled along George St and Queen St to... Read more

Brick additions – a donation and a pamphlet digitised@SLQ

State Library of Queensland recently received a small donation of ephemeral material from Stanton Library in North Sydney. This donation includes several leaflets from Brick Supplies Pty. Ltd., an enterprise described in The Truth on 11 February, 1940. Show More Summary

Bengal tiger at large in Brisbane (1888)

On November 21, 1888, Duncan Forbes was crossing Turbot Street in Brisbane’s CBD when he witnessed a shocking spectacle. According to the Telegraph newspaper, Forbes heard shrieking coming from Charles Higgins’ Great Menagerie of Wild Performing Animals, situated on the corner of George and Turbot streets. As he turned, he beheld a man running through... Read more

Donor contributes to His/Her Majesty’s Theatre Programs collection

Recently Queensland Library Foundation donor Ben Kehoe kindly donated a number of Her Majesty’s Theatre programs to SLQ, where they have enriched our extensive theatre program collection. Ben tells the story behind his gift. “These programs were originally the collection of Minnie White (nee Walsh) (1882-1943) and Ted White. It appears Minnie was a collector... Read more

Mount Coolum Beach Estate: 2nd section, 1923 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1923 advertises 100 allotments of land for sale at the Mt Coolum Beach Estate (2nd section) on the Sunshine Coast. The allotments were situated along Coolum Terrace, Scrub... Read more

Brisbane From The Air: Illustrated (1919)

In September 1919, The Queenslander newspaper published a series of aerial photographs of Brisbane and its surrounding suburbs under the title, Brisbane By Air. The photographs were taken by the newspaper’s photographer, Frederick William Thiel. Show More Summary

Wickham Estate, Hamilton, 1885 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1885 advertises 412 allotments of land for sale at the Wickham Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Hamilton. The allotments were situated along Nudgee Road, Winchester... Read more

Queensland’s first Sheffield Shield match – 90th anniversary

Although Australia’s domestic first-class cricket competition, the Sheffield Shield, had been in existence since 1892, Queensland was not admitted until 1926. Prior to this Sheffield Shield matches were played between New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia only. Show More Summary

Gairloch Bridge – 125th anniversary

In November 1891, construction of the Gairloch Bridge, a low level bridge crossing the Herbert River near Ingham, was completed. Building commenced in early 1890, however floods and a cyclone slowed its progress. Gairloch Bridge wasShow More Summary

Where did we park? History in Pictures

In the earliest decades of the 20th century car parking was simply a matter of leaving your car where you happened to stop. Rarely in the years before the First World War would you have found more than a few cars parked together. By the middle of the 1920s car parking had become a serious problem... Read more

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